Thursday, January 24, 2008

Repentance - not turning from your sins

If the title leaves you intrigued I encourage you to read the article Terry Rayburn has written over at Grace for Life. I think he did an excellent job of explaining Repentance and it's ramifications.

Let me know what you thought...

1 comment:

Sidharth said...

I read Terry's post. here's my comment I posted on his blog.

I agree fully that the Greek word used for "repent" means "to change ones mind".

However, there is much more to it.

For example: Initially I decide to go to come to Jim's blog, and then I change my mind and decide to go to your blog. This is repentance.

I was going in one direction, I take a "U turn" and pursue another direction. And that would certainly involve changing our mind to pursue a sinful lifestyle.

Repentance again is not a one time process where you change your mind once and for all, it is a process. In the New Testament, we see this mostly in the words "renew your minds" [Rom 12:2, Eph 4:23].

In Isaiah 55:7, we see a clear description on repentance:

"Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on him, and to our God, for he will freely pardon".

"Repentance from dead works and faith towards God" [Heb 6:1-2]. These are profound truths.

When Jesus started preaching, His first words were:

"The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; Repent and Believe in the gospel." [Mark 1:15]

This was far from just a call to turning from a sinful lifestyle, though as we pursue to obey this command, that will be required. It goes onto tell us..."Change your mind set, and make it a Kingdom mind-set".

Training our minds to think how a kingdom operates, how things work in a kingdom and how we should operate being in the kingdom.

This is prerequisites to faith, changing our mindsets to believe all that God will and can do in this age of the Kingdom.

Thanks again for pointing out this.

Sidharth
Imrah Ministries
www.imrah.org